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Portuguese oak

Quercus faginea Lam.

Family: Fagaceae

Name justification:
It is said that the origin of Quercus is Celtic. It has been translated as “beautiful tree”, but its real origin is Latin, from the name given to oaks by Romans.
It is also said that the adjective is justified because the plant is similar to beech (Fagus sylvatica). Nevertheless, they are not very similar, and probably it makes reference to the fact fruits from both species were used by ancients as food.

Common name: Portuguese oak
Description: Tall tree
Leaf: Semi-decidious Broad Entire

Origin and distribution:
It is a species exclusively from the Iberian Peninsula. It can be found in most of the provinces, but rarely found in Ourense. 

Location in the garden:
There are three specimens at the Oak Wood of Santa Susana, beyond the 'A Mona' Fountain. They probably come from non-botanically-controlled replacements.


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